Charles Parker Company design catalogues and historical information - household and interior design items

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"MERIDEN CURTAIN FIXTURE CO. (THE)
Established 1869. President, Charles Parker; Secretary and Treasurer, Dexter W. Parker; Manufacturers of Shade Cloths, Shade Rollers (Patent Central Bore) and Shade Fringes. 440 Broad St."

"PARKER, CHARLES CO. (THE)
Charles Parker, President; C. E. Parker [1], Vice-President; W. H. Lyon, Secretary. Manufacturers of The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Coffee and Spice Mills, Vises, Blinds, Hinges, etc. New York Office, 97 Chambers Street."

"PARKER & WHIPPLE CO. Clock Manufacturers."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Meriden Curtain Fixture Co." (including building illustration), "The Charles Parker Company", and "Parker & Whipple Co.", (pp. 211-12). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (See entry details below.)


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1830s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1832-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)

1837 - patent - mill for grinding bark, corn, etc.

Charles Parker. (25 November 1837). Letters patent no. 484: Mill for grinding bark, corn, etc. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02687).


1840s

1849 - historical information

Perkins, G.W. (1849). Historical sketches of Meriden. Franklin E. Hinman: West Meriden. 117 pp. ("On pp. 115-17, "Manufactures in Meriden in 1849" are listed, including Charles Parker.) (Viewed 11 June 2016. A00779-80.)


1850s

1851 - price list

Charles Parker Company. (1851). Price list of articles manufactured by Charles Parker, Meriden, Conn. 35 pp. (Viewed 16 July 2017. A02769.)

1855 - patent - mill for grinding coffee

C. W. van Vliet, assignor to Charles Parker. (20 November 1855). Letters patent no. 13,837: Mill for grinding coffee. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA001256).

1857 - patent - improved method of making wire-strengthened spoons

William Mix, assignor to Charles Parker. (4 August 1857). Reissue no. 480; original letters patent no. 6413 (1 May 1849): Improved method of making wire-strengthened spoons. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02694).


1860s

1862 - historical information

Charles Parker Company. (1862). Price list of articles manufactured by Charles Parker, Meriden, Conn. (coffee mills, hardware, silver-plated flatware, presses.) 86 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01097.)

1864 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1864). On "Charles Parker companies", (pp. 754-55). In A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 1 June 2017. A02568-70.)

1865 - patent - improvement in manufacture of lenses for spectacles

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (26 December 1865). Letters patent no. 51,776: Improvement in manufacture of lenses for spectacles. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02693).

1866 - patent - improvement in the manufacture of spoons

Russell B. Perkins, assignor to himself and Charles Parker. (29 May 1866). Reissue no. 2258; original letters patent no. 34,864 (1 April 1862): Improvement in the manufacture of spoons. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02692).

1867 - patent - improvement in machines for forming spectacle-frames

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (25 June 1867). Letters patent no. 65,998: Improvement in machines for forming spectacle-frames. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02667).

1868 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden", (includes details about Charles Parker companies), (pp. 424-26). In A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860, (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). 643 pp. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 15 June 2016. A00816-18.)


1868 patents

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1868 - patent - match-safe

Hiram Richmond, assignor to Charles Parker. (6 October 1868). Letters patent no. 82,752: Match-safe. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02597).

1868 - patent - improvement in eye-glasses

George N. Cummings, assignor to Charles Parker. (31 March 1868). Reissue no. 2908; original letters patent no. 67,176 [sic, 67,167] (30 July 1867): Improvement in eye-glasses. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02690).

1868 - patent - improvement in coffee-mills

Charles Parker and Edmund Parker, assignors to Charles Parker. (5 May 1868). Letters patent no. 77,649: Improvement in coffee-mills. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02691).



1869 - design catalogue

Parker & Casper, Co. (1869). Illustrated catalogue and price list of silver plated ware. 41 pp. (Updated 28 July 2018. A01069; C00203-03.)

1869 - news mention

(4 March 1869). New England news; Connecticut [with "New Haven County" section and mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Company and Parker & Casper]. Hartford Courant, p. 4. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00409).

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"The consolidation of the manufacturing companies in Meriden, known as the Parker & Casper Company and the Wilcox Silver Plate company which has been contemplated for some time, has now been effected..." (Excerpt from above.)


1869 patents

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1869 - patent - design for a tobacco box

Charles Parker. (6 April 1869). Design no. 3443: Design for a tobacco box. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02689).

1869 - patent - improvements in match-safes

Hiram Richmond, assignor to Charles Parker. (14 September 1869). Letters patent no. 94,775: Improvements in match-safes. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02598).

1869 - patent - improved cracker and grinding-mill

Charles Parker. (21 September 1869). Letters patent no. 95,131: Improved cracker and grinding-mill. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02599).



c. 1869 - design catalogue

Charles Parker. (after 21 September 1869). Illustrated catalogue of domestic hardware, Britannia spoons. (Updated 5 May 2017. A01066.)



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1870s

1870 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1870). Charles Parker’s illustrated catalogue of domestic hardware: Britannia spoons, plated and Britanniaware, plated spectacles, tobacco boxes, &c. Cover of catalogue reprinted in Charles Parker Co. (c. 1945). An account of the past and the present activities of the Charles Parker Company and the Bradley & Hubbard Division, (unnumbered p. 4). 28 pp. unnumbered. Meriden, CT. (Updated 4 May 2017. A00480; AAA00015. DM.)

[also showing illustrations of buildings: machine & gun works, iron spoon works, union works, hinge & scale works, and Britannia & German silver works.]

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). Charles Parker Company illustrations (pp. 472b, 477, 490b, 494b); The Parker & Caspar Co., coffee mills, and C. & E. Parker brass and iron castings mentions (p. 494). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)


1870 patents

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1870 - patent - improvement in spectacles-frames

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (12 April 1870). Letters patent no. 101,820: Improvement in spectacles-frames. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01439).

1870 - patent - match-safe

George Geer, assignor to (3 May 1870). Letters patent no. 102,676: Match-safe. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01441).

1870 - patent - design for spoons

Bennet Jerald, assignor to Charles Parker. (7 June 1870). Design no. 4096: Design for spoons. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02685).

1870 - patent - improved coffee-mill

Thomas W. Brown, assignor to Charles Parker. (19 July 1870). Letters patent no. 105,545: Improved coffee-mill. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02686).

1870 - patent - improvement in process of forming vaccuum in freezing apparatus

Edward S. Boynton, assignor to himself and Charles Parker. (9 August 1870). Letters patent no. 106,251: Improvement in process of forming vaccuum in freezing apparatus. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01440).

1870 - patent - improvement in coffee-mills

Thomas W. Brown, assignor to Charles Parker. (27 September 1870). Reissue no. 4130; original letters patent no. 105,545 (19 July 1870): Improvement in coffee-mills. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02688).



1871 patents

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1871 - patent - design for counter weighing-scales

Pietro Cinquini, assignor to Charles Parker. (9 May 1871). Design no. 4874: Design for counter weighing-scales. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02684).

1871 - patent - improvements in fasteners for meeting-rails of sashes

George M. Hubbard, assignor to Parker & Whipple Company. (31 October 1871). Letters patent no. 120,441: Improvements in fasteners for meeting-rails of sashes. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01214).



1872 patents

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1872 - patent - improvement in clothes-hooks

George M. Hubbard, assignor to Parker & Whipple. (13 February 1872). Letters patent no. 123,699: Improvement in clothes-hooks. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01215).

1872 - patent - improvement in spectacle-cases

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (15 October 1872). Letters patent no. 132,246: Improvement in spectacle-cases. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02601).



1873 - patent - improvement in reversible knob-latches

Charles S. Jennings, assignor to Parker & Whipple Company. (8 April 1873; filed 21 March 1873). Letters patent no. 137,685: Improvement in reversible knob-latches. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01444).

1873-1926 - reprinted illustrations

Parker & Whipple Co. / Parker Clock Company. (1873-1926). Various illustrations of clocks. Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 950-57), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00051. DM.)

1874 - court case

(March 1874). “Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut. Meriden Britannia Co. v. Charles Parker”, (pp. 153-62). The American Law Register (1852-1891). (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00602; AAA00022.)


1874 patents

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1874 - patent - improvement in catches for match-boxes

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (3 February 1874; filed 7 January 1874). Letters patent no. 147,098: Improvement in catches for match-boxes. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01216).

1874 - patent - improvement in game-tables

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Meriden Curtain-Fixture Company. (3 March 1974; filed 15 January 1874). Letters patent no. 148,174: Improvement in game-tables. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02600).

1874 - patent - design for fire-shovel

August W. Hirschfeld, assignor to Parker & Whipple. (1 September 1874; filed 20 July 1874). Design no. 7737: Design for fire-shovel. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02697).



1875 - missing design catalogue

Parker & Whipple Co. (1875). The little jewel pendulum clock, manufactured by Parker & Whipple Co. Meriden Conn.. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00051.)

1875 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Parker & Whipple Co. (1875). Cover and page from The little jewel pendulum clock, manufactured by Parker & Whipple Co. Meriden Conn. (1875). Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 949), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00051. DM.)


1875 patents

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1875 - patent - improvement in door-bells

Cornelius Coleman, assignor to Parker & Whipple Company. (11 October 1875; filed 28 September 1875). Letters patent no. 168,721: Improvement in door-bells. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01620).

1875 - patent - Improvement in attaching knobs to spindles

Cornelius Coleman, assignor to Parker & Whipple. (2 November 1875; filed 28 September 1875). Letters patent no. 169,421: Improvement in attaching knobs to spindles. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01621).



1876 - Charles Parker Co. in exhibition

See: (1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (President: Charles Parker) (p. 28). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.]. [Exhibition dates: 10 May - 10 November 1876.] 134 pp. S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

1876 - Charles Parker Co. in exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; exhibitors include Meriden Curtain-Fixture Company, (President: Charles Parker)]. 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)


1876 patents

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1876 - patent - improvement in coffee-mills

Otis J. Range, assignor to Charles Parker. (4 April 1876; filed 9 March 1876). Letters patent no. 175,753: Improvement in coffee-mills. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02683).

1876 - patent - design for coffee-mills covers

Pietro Cinquini, assignor to Charles Parker. (4 April 1876; filed 16 March 1876). Design no. 9189: Design for coffee-mills covers. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02618).



1877 - patent - improvement in coffee-mills

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker. (27 February 1877; filed 22 November 1876). Letters patent no. 187,898: Improvement in coffee-mills. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01433).

1879 - patent - improvement in the manufacture of spoons

James M. Perkins, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (16 December 1879; filed 12 June 1878). Letters patent no. 222,729: Improvement in the manufacture of spoons. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02681).


1880s

1880 - price list

Charles Parker Company. (1880). Revised price list, Jan. 1, 1880, of coffee mills ... manufactured by the Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn. 1 sheet. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01082.)

1880 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (3 March 1880). Advertisement: "Gold Steel or Plated Spectacles..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 1. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00255).


1880 patents

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1880 - patent - match-box

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (8 June 1880; filed 27 October 1879). Letters patent no. 228,598: Match-box. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01445).

1880 - patent - coffee-mill

Francis Hickman, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (20 July 1880; filed 26 October 1878). Letters patent no. 230,279: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02602).

1880 - patent - reversible latch

Charles S. Jennings, assignor to Parker & Whipple. (17 August 1880; filed 22 May 1880). Letters patent no. 231,171: Reversible latch. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02696).

1880 - patent - design for spoon and fork

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (24 August 1880; filed 19 June 1880). Design no. 11,956: Design for spoon and fork. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02616).

1880 - patent - design for spoons and forks

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to . (31 August 1880; filed 27 July 1880). Design no. 11,961: Design for spoons and forks. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02617).

1880 - patent - domestic grinding-mill

Dexter W. Parker and Frank H. Chapman, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (5 October 1880; filed 29 April 1880). Letters patent no. 233,010: Domestic grinding-mill. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02603).



1880-1899 - design catalogue

Chas. Parker Co. (1880-1899). Piano stools, scarfs, music cabinets, etc. 115 pp. (Viewed 7 May 2017. A00752; A00762.)

1881 - illustrations of buildings

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustrations of Charles Parker Co. Works and Charles Parker residence. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

1881 - news mention

(23 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention: "... Diplomas were awarded to the following named for articles manufactured or displayed by them ... Charles Parker, 2d, carpets... " (at this juncture, others articles show that Charles Parker Co. exhibited vises and guns, but do not mention carpets)]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00570-72).

1882 - news mention

(20 December 1882). State news [including mention: "... the Charles Parker company [pays taxes on] $214,310... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00584).


1882 patents

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1882 - patent - coffee-mill

Frank H. Chapman, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (7 February 1882; filed 14 December 1881). Letters patent no. 253,264: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02680).

1882 - patent - extension lamp-fixture

Dexter W. Parker. (12 December 1882; filed 8 November 1882). Letters patent no. 269,105: Extension lamp-fixture. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02619).

1882 - patent - shade-ring clamp

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Chas. Parker Company. (26 December 1882; filed 16 November 1882). Letters patent no. 269,783: Shade-ring clamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02608).



1883 - news mention

(4 October 1883). Court notes [with mention of Parker & Whipple vs. Yale Clock company]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00909).


1883 advertisements

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1883 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (1883). Advertisement in Meriden City Directory (1883). (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.) [4]

1883 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn, Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons". Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 7. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00256).

1883 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00264).



1883 patents

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1883 - patent - extension lamp-fixture

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (30 January 1883; filed 12 December 1882). Letters patent no. 271,334: Extension lamp-fixture. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02297).

1883 - patent - extension-chandelier

Frank H. Chapman, assignor to Chas. Parker Company. (30 January 1883; filed 7 December 1882). Letters patent no. 271,420: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02298).

1883 - patent - coffee-mill

Otis J. Range, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (20 February 1883; filed 18 November 1882). Letters patent no. 272,584: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02620).

1883 - patent - shade-ring clamp

Ralph A. Wooding, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (6 March 1883; filed 27 January 1883). Letters patent no. 273,420: Shade-ring clamp. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02299).

1883 - patent - extension-chandelier

Dexter W. Parker. (10 April 1883; filed 29 December 1882). Letters patent no. 275,515: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02621).

1883 - patent - clamp for lamp-shades

Lewis F. Griswold and Ralph A. Wooding, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (17 April 1883; filed 8 March 1883). Letters patent no. 276,030: Clamp for lamp-shades. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02300).

1883 - patent - extension-chandelier

Dexter W. Parker. (8 May 1883; filed 2 March 1883). Letters patent no. 277,057: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02622).

1883 - patent - extension-chandelier

Dexter W. Parker. (29 May 1883; filed 13 March 1883). Letters patent no. 278,359: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02623).

1883 - patent - lamp-support

Dexter W. Parker. (5 June 1883; filed 24 November 1882). Letters patent no. 278,729: Lamp-support. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02624).

1883 - patent - design for a weight for extension-lamps

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (5 June 1883; filed 23 April 1883). Design no. 13,968: Design for a weight for extension-lamps. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02625).

1883 - patent - coffee-mill

Frank H. Chapman, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (12 June 1883; filed 26 February 1883). Letters patent no. 279,130: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02551).

1883 - patent - lamp-fount

William G. Leonard, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (17 July 1883; filed 18 May 1883). Letters patent no. 281,531: lamp-fount. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02301).

1883 - patent - extension-fixture for chandeliers

Ralph A. Wooding, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (17 July 1883; filed 29 May 1883). Letters patent no. 281,656: Extension-fixture for chandeliers. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02552).

1883 - patent - extension lamp-fixture

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (24 July 1883; filed 26 April 1883). Letters patent no. 282,028: Extension lamp-fixture. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02553).

1883 - patent - extension-fixture for chandeliers

Lewis F. Griswold and Frank H. Chapman, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (7 August 1883; filed 8 June 1883). Letters patent no. 282,628: Extension-fixture for chandeliers. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02554).

1883 - patent - extension library-lamp

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (18 September 1883; filed 14 June 1883). Letters patent no. 285,063: Extension library-lamp. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02555).



1884 - map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 7 showing "The Parker & Whipple Clock Fac.", presumably today on "West Main Street"). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

1884 - news mention

(9 September 1884). The court record [with mention: "The Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. v. The Charles Parker Co."] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00816).


1884 patents

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1884 - patent - extension-lamp

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (22 April 1884; filed 16 October 1883). Letters patent no. 297,157: Extension-lamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02609).

1884 - patent - extension-tube for lamps and chandeliers

Frank H. Chapman and Ralph A. Wooding, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (15 July 1884; filed 29 June 1883). Letters patent no. 301,861: Extension-tube for lamps and chandeliers. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02610).

1884 - patent - hall-lamp

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (23 December 1884; filed 12 April 1884). Letters patent no. 309,539: Hall-lamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02611).

1884 - patent - design for a lamp-harp

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (23 December 1884; filed 24 June 1884). Design no. 15,640: Design for a lamp-harp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02626).

1884 - patent - chandelier

Frank H. Chapman, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (30 December 1884; filed 20 March 1884). Letters patent no. 309,818: Chandelier. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02612).

1884 - patent - extension-lamp fixture

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (30 December 1884; filed 30 June 1884). Letters patent no. 310,050: Extension-lamp fixture. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02613).



1885 patents

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1885 - patent - suspension device for lamp-shades

Dexter W. Parker. (3 February 1885; filed 5 April 1884). Letters patent no. 311,519: Suspension device for lamp-shades. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02627).

1885 - patent - extension-lamp

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (3 February 1885; filed 14 April 1884). Letters patent no. 311,520: Extension-lamp. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA01251).

1885 - patent - clock-case

John L. Rutherford and Allen F. Wood, assignors to Parker & Whipple Company. (19 May 1885; filed 1 October 1883). Letters patent no. 318,435: Clock-case. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02615).



1886 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (4 February 1886). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons And Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00230).


1886 patents

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1886 - patent - extension-lamp

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Chas. Parker Company. (23 February 1886; filed 23 November 1885). Letters patent no. 336,738; serial no. 183,590: Extension-lamp. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA01254).

1886 - patent - extension lamp-fixture

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (6 April 1886; filed 2 March 1885). Letters patent no. 339,205; serial no. 157,518: Extension lamp-fixture. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA01255).

1886 - patent - calendar-clock

Frank M. Wright and Warren M. Wood, assignors to Parker & Whipple. (14 September 1886; filed 19 February 1886). Letters patent no. 349,025; serial no. 192,525: Calendar-clock. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01213).



1887 - news mention

(21 October 1887). The court record [with mention of Parker & Whipple Company et al. vs. Yale Clock Company]. National Republican (Washington, DC), presumably p. 3, col. 3. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00910).


1887 patents

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1887 - patent - parlor extension-lamp

Dexter W. Parker. (9 August 1887; filed 10 July 1886). Letters patent no. 367,840: Parlor extension-lamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02614).

1887 - patent - suspension device for lamps, etc.

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (25 October 1887; filed 8 April 1887). Letters patent no. 372,260; serial no. 234,128: Suspension device for lamps, etc. (Viewed 15 April 2018. AAA02418).



1888 articles

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1888 - news mention

(14 April 1888). The court record [with mention "The Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing company vs. the Charles Parker company..."] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00887).

1888 - news mention

(25 July 1888). The court record [with mention of Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. vs. Charles Parker Co.] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 7 October 2018. A02754).



1888 patents

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1888 - patent - lamp-fixture

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (17 April 1888; filed 8 December 1885). Letters patent no. 381,275: Lamp-fixture. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01442).

1888 - patent - process of ornamenting metallic surfaces

Dexter W. Parker and Lewis F. Griswold, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (8 May 1888; filed 19 July 1886). Letters patent no. 382,661; serial no. 208,396: Process of ornamenting metallic surfaces. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02607).

1888 - patent - locking device in extension-chandeliers

William W. Kilborn, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (29 May 1888; filed 30 November 1887). Letters patent no. 383,815; serial no. 256,496: Locking device in extension-chandeliers. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01443).



1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Charles Parker Co. at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"Charles Parker Co., Parker lamps, chandeliers, brass and bronze goods, wood screws, coffee and spice mills, vises, hinges and locks." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)

"Meriden Curtain Fixture Co., curtain fixtures." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are thought not to be in the exhibition.)

"Parker & Whipple, clocks." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are thought not to be in the exhibition.)


1889 - news mention, Charles Parker Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including section on Charles Parker Co. exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59).

"The Charles Parker Company exhibited some fine specimens in their line, consisting of piano, banquet and table lamps; chairs with upholstered seats, divans, floor cabinets, hall racks, easels, music racks, piano stools, umbrella stools, umbrella stands, oak jewel box trimmed with brass or oxidized silver, brass pedestals, etc. The hardware display was a feature, iron vises, coffee mills, spoons, cabinet locks and wood screws making it up." (Excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including section describing exhibited Charles Parker Company wares including "a line of brass goods, including a lounge, a chair and a complete line of table and piano lamps", coffee mills and spoons]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

1889 - article, Charles Parker Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). Compliments for Meriden: What outsiders say about her enterprise [with excerpts from Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, New York Herald, and New York Tribune. No specific Charles Parker Co. mention]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00747-50).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Charles Parker Co.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - news mention, Charles Parker Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(November 1889). Trade gossip (including paragraph about exposition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, including mention of Charles Parker Co., and attendance by the American International Congress). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 113. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00760-61.)

1889 - advertisement reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1889). Advertisement: “The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Gimlet-Pointed Wood Screws, Coffee and Space Mills, Vises, Blind Hinges, Cabinet Locks, Etc.”. In (1889) Meriden City Directory. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 919), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038. DM.)


1889 patents

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1889 - patent - extension-fixture for lamps, etc.

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (16 April 1889; filed 13 September 1888). Letters patent no. 401,347; serial no. 285,286: Extension-fixture for lamps, etc. (Viewed 15 April 2018. AAA02419).

1889 - patent - lamp

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (16 April 1889; filed 24 April 1888). Letters patent no. 401,583; serial no. 271,712: Lamp. (Viewed 15 April 2018. AAA02420).

1889 - patent - chandelier

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (23 April 1889; filed 13 September 1888). Letters patent no. 402,077; serial no. 285,287: Chandelier. (Viewed 15 April 2018. AAA02421).

1889 - patent - suspension device for hanging lamps

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (29 October 1889; filed 9 May 1889). Letters patent no. 413,780; serial no. 310,119: Suspension device for hanging lamps. (Viewed 15 April 2018. AAA02422).



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1890s

1890 patents

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1890 - patent - extension device for lamp-fixtures

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (4 February 1890; filed 31 May 1889). Letters patent no. 420,875; serial no. 312,737: Extension device for lamp-fixtures. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01435).

1890 - patent - extension-fixture for lamps, etc.

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (18 March 1890; filed 13 July 1889). Reissued letters patent no. 11,067; serial no. 317,471; original letters patent no. 401,347 (16 April 1889): Extension-fixture for lamps, etc. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02668).

1890 - patent - cigar-box

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (22 April 1890; filed 29 January 1890). Letters patent no. 426,309; serial no. 338,501: Cigar-box. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01436).

1890 - patent - stop-hinge

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (1 July 1890; filed 4 March 1890). Letters patent no. 431,459; serial no. 342,630: Stop-hinge. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01437).

1890 - patent - spring-roller

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (11 November 1890; filed 10 July 1889). Letters patent no. 440,428; serial no. 317,069: Spring-roller. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02628).



1891 - historical information

(1891). On "The Charles Parker Company", (p. 159 and promotional illustration of wares). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01553-54.)

1891 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturer of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican 2 January 1891, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00221).

1892 - two advertisements

Parker & Whipple Co. (6 April & 13 April 1892). Advertisements: "Electrical results without a battery..." (with three illustrations of clocks). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 27 September 2017. G00713; G00730.)

1892 - advertisement reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1892). Advertisement: “The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Gimlet-Pointed Wood Screws, Coffee and Space Mills, Vises, Blind Hinges, Cabinet Locks, Etc.”. In (1892) Meriden City Directory. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 920), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038. DM.)


1892 patents

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1892 - patent - spring shade-roller

Judson C. Perkins, assignor to Meriden Curtain Fixture Company. (30 August 1892; filed 13 January 1892). Letters patent no. 481,733; serial no. 417,935: Spring shade-roller. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02629).

1892 - patent - sprindle-tip for spring shade-rollers

Judson C. Perkins and Lewis E. Leigh, assignors to Meriden Curtain Fixture Company. (13 September 1892; filed 13 January 1892). Letters patent no. 482,563; serial no. 417,918: Sprindle-tip for spring shade-rollers. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02630).

1892 - patent - lamp

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (8 November 1892; filed 1 September 1891). Letters patent no. 486,038; serial no. 404,394: Lamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02606).



1893 - Charles Parker Co. in exposition

(1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893, Official catalogue, Part VIII [Listed: Meriden Curtain Fixture Co., (President: Charles Parker) (p. 23).] [Exhibition dates: 1 May - 30 October 1893, Chicago.] W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 4 August 2016. A00850-56.)

1893 - Charles Parker Co. in exposition

Also see: (1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Meriden Curtain & Fixture Co. (p. 128)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Meriden Curtain Fixture Co." (including building illustration), "The Charles Parker Company", and "Parker & Whipple Co.", (pp. 211-12). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA. (See excerpts at top of this webpage. Viewed 2 June 2016. A00749-50; A01137.)

1893 - advertisement reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1893). Advertisement: “Antique Oak Boxes; With Metal Ornaments and Satin Linings; Over One Hundred Styles To Select From; Specially Designed for Holiday and Wedding Gifts; The Charles Parker Co.; Meriden, Conn.” In (1893) Meriden City Directory. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 944), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00037. DM.)

1893 - patent - machine for making and knotting fringes

Benjamin Arnold, assignor to Meriden Curtain Fixture Company. (5 September 1893; filed 22 December 1892). Letters patent no. 504,316; serial no. 456,020: Machine for making and knotting fringes. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02605).

1894 - historical information

Moore, William F. (1894). On "Charles Parker", (pp. 84-6 with portrait illustration). In Representative men of Connecticut, 1861-1894. Massachusetts Publishing Co.: Everett, MA. (Viewed 28 May 2017. A02458; A02465-67.)

1894 - patent mention

(April 1894). Patent expired mention: "187.898. Coffee-Mills. D. W. Parker, Meriden, Conn., assignor to Chas. Parker, same place. (Filed Nov. 22, 1876)". House Furnishing Review, p. 152. (Viewed 2 October 1895. G01008.)


1894 articles

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1894 - news brief

(25 October 1894). News brief: Regarding new oil heaters by Charles Parker Company. Hardware, p. 20. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00551.)

1894 - news brief

(10 November 1894). News brief: "Prosperity in Meriden" [on upturn of economy; mentions Charles Parker Company and Meriden Britannia Company specifically]. Hardware, p. 24. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00563.)



1894 advertisements

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1894 - five advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (October-December 1894). Advertisement: "We Can Make It Hot For You..." (with oil heater illustration). Hardware. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00555; G00565; G00571; G00579; G00582.)



1895 - historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Charles Parker”, owner / manufacturer, Charles Parker Company, including Meriden Curtain Fixture Company, with illustration (pp. 608-10). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00746-48.)

1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of Meriden Curtain Fixture Company as the 4th largest factory in Meriden; Charles Parker Company as the 6th largest; Charles Parker Spoon shop as the 19th; Parker Clock shop as the 23rd]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).


1895 articles

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1895 - illustration-based article

(July 1895). Artistic hardware [illustration-focused article showing table, parlor and banquet lamp designs by the Charles Parker Company (2), H. L. Judd & Co. (2), Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. (3), Edward Miller & Co. (2)]. Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, pp. 36-41. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00963-65.)



1895 advertisements

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1895 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00233).



1896 articles

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1896 - news mention

(August 1896). News mention: "An ingenious combination for lighting and heating is embodied in the [Charles] Parker [Company] Portable Heater..." (with illustration). [Mentions catalogue.] House Furnishing Review, p. 296. (Viewed 3 October 2017. G01038.)

1896 - news mention

(November 1896). News mention: "Meriden, Conn., is pluming itself over the boom in manufactures. The Charles Parker Spoon Shop, the silver-plating shops and other industries, which had been running short-handed and half-time, are all now working to their full capacities." House Furnishing Review, p. 417. (Viewed 11 October 2017. G01041.)



1896 advertisements

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1896 - two advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (September-October 1896). Advertisements: "... Lamps, heaters, etc. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 2 October 2017. G01039-40.)

1896 - advertisement reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1896). Advertisement: “The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Gimlet-Pointed Wood Screws, Coffee and Space Mills, Vises, Blind Hinges, Cabinet Locks, Etc.”. In (1896) Meriden City Directory. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 920), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038. DM.)



1896-97 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1896-97). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. (No copy in a public library known. Viewed 3 October 2017. G01039.)

1897 - missing design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (1897). Portable heater brochure. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.)

1897 - design brochure excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1897). Page from portable heater brochure (1897). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 928), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)

1897 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "Charles Parker Co., Manufacturers of Hardware, Vises... Spoons... The Celebrated Parker Gun.." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00246.)


1897 patents

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1897 - patent - portable coffee-mill

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (9 March 1897; filed 31 August 1896). Letters patent no. 578,560; serial no. 604,414: Portable coffee-mill. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02631).

1897 - patent - central-draft lamp

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (6 July 1897; filed 27 May 1896). Letters patent no. 586,028; serial no. 593,241: Central-draft lamp. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02604).



c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Charles Parker Co.", "Parker Clock Co.", and "Meriden Curtain Fixture Company", (p. 931, 933). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02633; A02640.)

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Charles Parker" (pp. 1079-80 with illustration). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 1 August 2017. A02626; A02794-95.)

1899 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1899). Lamp catalogue (no. 16). [“Index lists 172 lamps and chandeliers, consisting of 36 chandeliers (some with two, three, four or six founts); 33 spring extension library lamps; 14 hall lamps; 58 banquet lamps; 11 piano lamps; 4 bracket lamps; and 16 table lamps.”)] [5] Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.)

1899 - design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1899). Eight reprinted pages from Lamp catalogue (no. 16) (1899). In The Parker Story (pp. 921-27), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)

19th c. - 1940 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (19th century-1940s). Various illustrations of Parker coffee mills and grinders. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 972-89), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00050. DM.)


1900s

c. 1900 - design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1900). Mills, coffee, drug & spice; The Charles Parker Co.: oldest manufacturers of coffee mills in the United States. 64 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. A01083.)

1900 - advertisement reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1900). Advertisement: “The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Gimlet-Pointed Wood Screws, Coffee and Space Mills, Vises, Blind Hinges, Cabinet Locks, Etc.”. In (1900) Meriden City Directory. Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 920), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038. DM.)

1901 - map

(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut map, (pdf p. 28, Map 26, Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. on Charles Avenue near Parker Avenue; also pdf p. 34, Map 32, Charles Parker Piano Stool Dept). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. (Viewed 22 November 2016. AAA00504-06.)

c. 1902 - clock in design catalogue

(c. 1902). Parker Clock Co. - alarm clock. In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 115. Crown Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02414-15.)

1902 - design catalogue (missing)

Charles Parker Company. (1902). [Catalogue.] Number of pages unknown. No copy known to be in a public library. Mentioned in House Furnishing Review, January 1903, p.14. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01149.)

1903 - news mention

(May 1903). News mention: "The Charles Parker Company, of Meriden, Conn., has gone into the manufacture of new lines of lavatory and gas fixtures. The new department is now in charge of [sic] Chas. L. Lyon, formerly superintendent of the Malleable Iron Company, of Meriden, Conn." House Furnishing Review, p. 334. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01136.)

1903 - five advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (January-May 1903). Advertisements: "An Artistic Article... Can be found all the qualities requisite in a perfect lamp..." (with illustration of lamp). House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01149; G01156-58; .)


1903 patents

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1903 - patent - spring mechanism for shade-rollers

William D. Harned, assignor to Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (3 March 1903; filed 14 November 1902). Letters patent no. 721,699; serial no. 131,423: Spring mechanism for shade-rollers. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02669).

1903 - patent - device for attaching window-shades to rollers

William H. Lyon, assignor to Charles Parker Co. (4 August 1903; filed 2 September 1902). Letters patent no. 735,540; serial no. 121,812: Device for attaching window-shades to rollers. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02633).



1904 - six advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (July-December 1904). Advertisements: "’The Parker’ ball bearing, rapid grinding coffee mill..." Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Viewed 1 October 2017. G00466; G00474; G00942; G00948; G00952; G00978.)


1904 patents

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1904 - patent - spring mechanism for shade-rollers

William D. Harned, assignor to Meriden Curtain Fixture Company. (17 May 1904; filed 9 May 1903). Letters patent no. 759,883; serial no 156,326: Spring mechanism for shade-rollers. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02670).

1904 - patent - pawl machanism for spring shade-rollers

Amos M. Doolittle, assignor to Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (27 December 1904; filed 14 November 1902). Letters patent no. 778,571; serial no. 131,436: Pawl machanism for spring shade-rollers. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02671).



1905 - patent - article of wire furniture

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (4 July 1905; filed 27 May 1904). Letters patent no. 793,783; serial no. 210,064: Article of wire furniture. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02632).

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Charles Parker Company" section including illustrations of buildings, (pp. 48-54). (Also, "The Meriden Curtain Fixture Co.", (pp. 54-6). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Charles Parker Company management: Charles Parker [pp. 310-16 including portrait); Dexter Parker (pp. 316-17 including portrait (p. 313) and house (p. 315)]. In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part II). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

1907 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1907). Chas. Parker Co.: Piano and organ stools, chairs, benches, cabinet, scarfs, and covers. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00037.)

1907 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1907). Six reprinted pages from Chas. Parker Co.: Piano and organ stools, chairs, benches, cabinet, scarfs, and covers (1907). In The Parker Story (pp. 935-40, 942-43), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00037; A00650. DM.)


1910s

1911 - two advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of the Parker Gun, Parker Lamp... Vises..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 2 and p. 7. column 2. (Viewed 12 September 2017. G00249; G00251.)


1911 patents

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1911 - patent - alarm-clock

Henry Wachtelhausen, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (25 April 1911; filed 15 December 1910). Letters patent no. 990,465; serial no. 597,411: Alarm-clock. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02672).

1911 - patent - coffee-mill

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (1 August 1911; filed 29 March 1911). Letters patent no. 999,684; serial no. 617,551: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02634).

1911 - patent - design for an alarm-clock case

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (12 December 1911; filed 1 June 1911). Design no. 41,967; serial no. 630,682: Design for an alarm-clock case. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02635).



c. 1911 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1911). Piano and organ stools, chairs, benches, etc. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00037.)

c. 1911 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1911). Two illustrations of piano scarves reprinted from Piano and organ stools, chairs, benches, etc. (1911). In The Parker Story (p. 944), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00037; A00650. DM.)

1912 - patent - design for a clock-case

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (3 December 1912; filed 19 June 1912). Design no. 43,331; serial no. 704,687: Design for a clock-case. (Viewed 27 April 2018. AAA02636).

1913 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (1913). Advertisement in Meriden City Directory (1913). (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.) [6]

1913 - patent - design for an alarm-clock case

Henry W. Wachtelhausen, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (25 November 1913; filed 16 July 1913). Design no. 44,946; serial no. 779,403: Design for an alarm-clock case. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02695).


1914 patents

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1914 - patent - hair-spring regulator

Henry Wachtelhausen, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (14 July 1914; filed 19 June 1912). Letters patent no. 1,103,551; serial no. 704,572: Hair-spring regulator. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02673).

1914 - patent - clock

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (14 July 1914; filed 19 June 1912). Letters patent no. 1,103,552; serial no. 704,564: Clock. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02674).



1915 - historical information

Marquis, Albert Nelson. (1915). "Dexter Parker", (p. 820). In Who’s who in New England, (2nd ed.). 1207 pp. A. N. Marquis & Company: Chicago. (Viewed 17 June 2016. A00861-62.)

1915 - patent - spring-motor

Henry W. Wachtelhausen, assignor to Parker Clock Company. (9 November 1915; filed 14 May 1915). Letters patent no. 1,1159,437; serial no. 27,988: Spring-motor. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02666).

1917 - historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 4. [On Charles Parker, (pp. 262-64).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00507-09.)

1917 - patent - coffee-mill

Thomas J. Conklin, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (4 December 1917; filed 6 February 1917). Letters patent no. 1,248,458; serial no. 146,876: Coffee-mill. (Viewed 29 April 2018. AAA02675).

1918 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1918). Piano and organ stools, etc. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00037.)

1918 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1918). One reprinted page from Piano and organ stools, etc. (1918). In The Parker Story (p. 941), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00037; A00650. DM.)

1918 - map / illustration

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including 5 illustrations of Charles Parker Co. – lamps, fixtures, spice and coffee mills: 48 Elm Street; Parker Bros.: 26 Cherry Street; Parker Clock Co.: 600 West Main Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 2 July 2016. A01020-21.)

1918 - news mention

(15 February 1918). Commercial space leased ["Cammann, Voorhees & Floyd, with William H. Whiting & Co., have leased for Ralph M. Ward the store and basement at 25 Murray street to the Charles Parker Company."] The Sun (New York), p. 9, col. 2. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01002).

c. 1919 - design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1919). Parker coffee mills (catalogue no. 52). 12 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. A01084.)

1919 - design catalogue excerpts reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1919). Cover from Parker coffee mills (1919). Reprinted in The Parker Story (p. 971), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00050. DM.)

c. 1919 - design catalogue excerpts reprint

(c. 1919). Two reprinted pages of “Parker lamps” from unspecified distributor catalogue (c. 1919). In The Parker Story (p. 929-30), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)




1920s

1920 - design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1920). Mills: Coffee, drug and spice. 64 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01085.)

1920 - price list

Charles Parker Company. (1920). [Net Price List of Piano and Organ Stools, Chairs and Benches]. (Two versions.) Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 2 June 2016.)

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1921 - design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1921). “Catalog no. 33, 1921-22”. 46 pp. Meriden, CT. ("Includes Dec 1921 and Jan 1922 net price lists.) (Updated 7 May 2017. A00649.)

1921 - price list

Charles Parker Company. (1921). [Net Price List of Piano and Organ Stools, Chairs and Benches]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 2 June 2016.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara.


1930s

1930 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Lamp catalogue. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.)

1930 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Two reprinted pages from Lamp catalogue (1930). In The Parker Story (p. 931-32), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)

1939 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1939). Parker Benches (catalogue no. 40). Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00037.)

1939 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1939). Three reprinted pages from Parker Benches (catalogue no. 40) (1939). In The Parker Story (pp. 945-47), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00037; A00650. DM.)


1940s

c. 1940 - missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company, Bradley & Hubbard Division. (c. 1940). Brochure with Rayo lamp. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 23 July 2016. AAA00038.)

c. 1940 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company, Bradley & Hubbard Division. (c. 1940). One reprinted page from brochure with Rayo lamp (c. 1940). In The Parker Story (p. 933), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)

c. 1945 - promotional booklet

Charles Parker Co. (c. 1945). An account of the past and the present activities of the Charles Parker Company and the Bradley & Hubbard Division. 28 pp. unnumbered. Meriden, CT. (Updated 4 May 2017. A00480; AAA00015. DM.)

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Parker & Casper" mention, (p. 118); "Charles Parker" mentions, (pp. 9, 39, 67, 78, 80, 84). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Viewed 15 March 2017. DM.)

1949 - Charles Parker Co. in MoMA exhibition

Museum of Modern Art, New York. (1949). The house in the museum garden (by Marcel Breuer) at Museum of Modern Art, New York (12 April - 30 October 1949). (Updated 6 May 2018. AAA02153; AAA02943-44.)

> Exhibited: Charles Parker Company bathroom cabinets and accessories.


1950s

1956 - historical information

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Charles Parker Company, (p. 84-5; 178-79). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)

1956 - historical information

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). Photo of unspecified Charles Parker Company building, (photo section after page 276). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)


1960s

1967 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Parker and Casper, 1867-1869". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.

"Charles Casper and Charles Parker operated a glasscutting shop on Pratt Street, corner of Catlin Street, producing caster bottles, sugar dredgers, mustard and salt linings and other items used with silver fittings by several local silverware manufacturers. The cuttings were usually various styles of flutes and copperwheel engraving.

In 1869 this shop absorbed into the Wilcox Silverplate Company and the Meriden Silver Plate Company". [Full excerpt from above.]


1969 - exhibition catalogue - Charles Parker and Company in New Haven exhibition

(1969). An exhibition of Connecticut pewter catalogue [c. April - 14 June 1969], 72 pp. [New Haven, CT: New Haven Colony Historical Society (now New Haven Museum); exhibited design: Charles Parker and Company. (c. 1849). Teapot. (Private lender), pp. 37-8]. (Viewed 14 November 2018. D00560; L00851-54).


1970s

1973 - spotlighted news mention - Charles Parker Co. in exposition

(17 September 1973). Governor at big E today; Local firms are exhibitors. Meriden Record newspaper, p. 8. [Article mentions Charles Parker Co. as exhibitor in Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 14 - 23 September 1973, with details about exhibited wares.] (Updated 26 November 2018. AAA00375-77; D00599.)

  • Online - Google News.
  • Offline - (15 August 1973). Private enterprise plans Big E exhibits [including mention of opening and closing dates and Charles Parker Co.]. Hartford Courant, p. 21. (See worldcat.org for locations.)

Exhibited by Charles Parker Co., "the oldest manufacturing company in Connecticut", "an historical display of products dating from the company’s founding in 1832. Included will be nineteenth century spectacles, coffee mills, sewing birds, clocks, lighting fixtures, cremation urns and Civil War rifles manufactured for the Kentucky militia and the U. S. Army. A series of period photographs and catalogues depicting the evolution of Parker Company products will bring visitors up to date for a display of Parker products currently manufactured in Connecticut." (Excerpt from 17 Sept 1973 article above.)


1980s

1988 - secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Charles Parker and Charles Parker Company, [p. 37-8, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59 (reprinted photo of mansion), 66, 73, 74 - portrait]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Viewed 29 November 2016. A00804.)


1990s

1994-95 - Charles Parker Co. in Dallas exhibition

Venable, Charles L et al. (1994). Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor exhibition catalogue / book. [Exhibition venue: Dallas Museum of Art, 6 November 1994 - 29 January 1995.] Curated by Charles L. Venable. (Viewed 21 August 2016. AAA00075.)

c. 1998-2000 - secondary source

(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00650. DM.)


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "G. I. Mix & Co.", Charles Parker, Parker Mfg. Co., C. I. Yale Mfg. Co., (p. 164). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 24 August 2017. A02936a,b.)

2005 - key article

D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (October 2005). American art brass. Antiques, pp. 100-09. (Viewed 26 January 2017. AAA00562.)

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

2005-07 - Charles Parker Co. in exhibition

D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement, (catalog of exhibition held at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, and Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY). (Includes "The Charles Parker Company", section pp. 42-48.) (Updated 19 April 2017. A00008-09; A00692; A00962-63. DM.)

2006 - Charles Parker Co. in book

Zukowski, Karen. (2006). Creating the artful home: The Aesthetics movement, (pp. 101-02, including photograph of a Charles Parker Company oil lamp, c. 1885). Gibbs Smith. 176 pp. (Viewed 3 August 2016. A01096.)


2010s

2010 - secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Illustration of Charles Parker (p. 34); photo of Charles Parker mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). Reprinted in: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.

2016 - article / video presentation

Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise. [On the mansion owned by Jedediah Wilcox and later Charles Parker, with video lecture by Brian Cofrancesco.]

2016-17 - exhibition catalogue - Charles Parker Company in Cornell and Sacramento exhibitions

Green, Nancy and Reed, Christopher (Eds.) JapanAmerica: Points of contact, 1876-1970 exhibition catalogue. [Exhibitions at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (27 August - 18 December 2016) and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (12 February - 21 May 2017); exhibited design: Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Table. (Lender: MWPAI, Utica, NY).] (Updated 21 November 2018. A01431-33; AAA00551-55; C00395.)


n. d.

n. d. - trade card

Morrison & Carter, Boston, MA. (undated). Trade card: "... Morrison & Carter, Manufacturers’ Agents, Representing The Charles Parker Company, Faience and Library Lamps, Meriden, Conn. ..." (Ref. code: EP001.01.016.01.03.013. Viewed 10 October 2017. G01273.)

n. d. - archival folder

Parker Clock Company. (undated). Archival folder - various items, unspecified. (Viewed 2 September 2017. G00126.)

n. d. - PGCA Forums

(Undated). Parker Gun Collectors Association Forums. [An important source to see scans of excerpted bits of primary source documentation contributed by various forum members, especially guns, vises, and sometimes other Parker Co. documentation.]

n. d. - map

(Undated). Charles Parker (Iron Spoon Works) - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


Footnote:
[1] "’C’. E. Parker" is not clearly legible in the online copy.

[2] Regarding "active 1832-1957", see D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (ISBN: 0915895293), page 42. [A00692]

[3] "Parker & Casper" later became part of Wilcox Silver Plate Co. See inside front cover of Earl Chapin May’s A century of silver (1847-1947) (1947).

[4-6] Stated in The Parker Story (p. 918), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V.1 and V. 2 (link to library entry); Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00038. DM.)